This Skin Elixir Was the Secret Behind Alicia Keys' Natural Grammys Makeup Look
It's said to contain "life-saving" water.
It's safe to say that Alicia Keys' experience hosting the Grammys last night was not what she'd been expecting in the weeks prior. While on stage, she not only made a possible reference to the controversy surrounding the Recording Academy, but she also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant following his tragic death hours earlier.
Unsurprisingly, Keys said that hosting last night's show was "really hard." But her presence on stage didn't betray that she was struggling, and nothing seemed amiss in terms of her look either. She rocked the natural makeup look that's become her signature. (Related: What Happened When Our Beauty Editor Gave Up Makeup for Three Weeks)
Celebrity makeup artist, Romy Soleimani was responsible for Keys' gorgeous Grammys look. Sharing some backstage footage of the night to Instagram, Soleimani highlighted one of her "fave" skin-care products she used on Keys: Whal Myung Skin Elixir (Buy It, $58, amazon.com).
The K-beauty skin elixir is a cross between a toner, serum, and oil, with an interesting backstory. It contains five herbs taken from the recipe for a medicinal "life-saving water" used to treat illnesses in Korea dating back to 1897, according to Whal Myung. Those herbs include tangerine peel, cinnamon, ginger, corydalis tuber, and nutmeg. Each was selected from the original 11-ingredient recipe for their notable skin benefits. Research ties tangerine peel, ginger, and corydalis to anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon to antibacterial properties, and nutmeg to antioxidant effects. (Related: This Celeb-Loved Superbalm Will Save Your Chapped Skin This Winter)
Soleimani's not the only MUA who's given Whal Myung Skin Elixir a prominent spot in their backstage kit. Makeup artist Nam Vo (of "#dewydumpling" fame) told Refinery29 that she's prepped Bella Hadid's skin with the elixir so the model can hit the runway with that lit-from-within glow. (Related: How to Create a Simple Makeup Look That Still Stands Out)
Keys' impressive daily skin-care routine is undoubtedly (at least partly) responsible for the state of her skin last night, too. Still, if her makeup artist used an elixir originating from "life-saving water," sign me up.